SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 4 - 16 Sep 2018 (14.00 UK)
Udinese 1 - 1 Torino
De Paul 28 (U), Meite 49 (T)
Dacia Arena

Soualiho Meite gave the ball away for the Udinese opener and made up for it by scoring Torino’s equaliser.

The Granata missed Lyanco and Cristian Ansaldi, while Ola Aina was not 100 per cent fit. The hosts had Emmanuel Badu and Ingelsson on the treatment table.

Torino are unbeaten against Udinese since a 1-0 home loss in December 2015, followed by three wins and three draws. There have been 23 goals in their last six meetings.

Toro had the ball in the back of the net after 11 minutes with Alex Berenguer’s looping header, but he was flagged offside on Iago Falque’s chipped pass. Replays suggest it was extremely tight and the linesman might’ve flagged too early, blocking VAR.

Walter Mazzarri was forced into an early change, as Iago Falque went off with a muscular problem, replaced by Simone Zaza.

It was an open game with two counter-attacking sides, so Kevin Lasagna just failed to get on the end of a Seko Fofana cross, then moments later De Silvestri’s angled drive skimmed the upright.

Udinese broke through on the counter when Meite lost possession in midfield and Rodrigo De Paul’s precise but fierce drive flew in at the near bottom corner from outside the box, taking Salvatore Sirigu by surprise.

Andrea Belotti only scuffed a volley into the hands of Scuffet and Berenguer’s angled drive flashed wide. Toro eventually equalised with the man whose error sparked the Udinese goal, as a corner was cleared to the edge of the box where he turned and curled the precise finish right into the far top corner with his left foot.

The momentum of the game swung towards the visitors, but De Silvestri couldn’t get enough power on his header to surprise Scuffet from a Berenguer corner.

At the other end, Valon Behrami nodded just wide from De Paul’s set play, while substitute Ola Aina blasted over. Deep into stoppages, Machis was sent clear by Teodorczyk, but his first touch let him down.


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Udinese: Scuffet; Stryger-Larsen, Troost-Ekong, Nuytinck, Samir; Behrami; Pussetto (Teodorczyk 58), Fofana, Mandragora (Machis 69), De Paul; Lasagna (Barak 85)
Torino: Sirigu; Izzo, N’Koulou, Moretti; De Silvestri (Aina 75), Baselli Meité, Berenguer (Parigini 88); Falque (Zaza 18), Soriano; Belotti
Ref: Valeri